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    Domain registration vs. hosting question


    I'm a noob and confused about some stuff. So sorry if this sounds stupid but I'm just needing a good explanation.

    Let's say hypothetically I was running my own web server and I have a static IP and I have registered my domain name, but not purchased any web hosting services. I want my domain name to point to my server's IP. How would I do this? I would need to have my domain on a DNS somewhere, right? Is there a way to do that without buying web hosting?
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    yes, try search for DNS hosting.

    You could try look at the place you bought/registered the domain, some of them also also offer DNS hosting.
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    Some places allow you to register your own DNS, some hosts dont have an option for it on their website but if you contact support they will do it.

    You will need to register
    NS1.domain.com IP
    NS2.domain.com IP

    I think you can register them both to the same IP if you only had 1 IP.
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    If I were you I would contact several web hosting companies and ask if they could do that for me and how much would that cost
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    A webhosting company can not register dns. Only the domain registrar can.
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    Originally Posted by brianbak
    A webhosting company can not register dns. Only the domain registrar can.
    When you use the term "register dns", what are you talking about?
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    Originally Posted by Casz
    If I were you I would contact several web hosting companies and ask if they could do that for me and how much would that cost
    I'm beginning to think that having your Domain name entered into a DNS server (whatever that service is called... DNS hosting?) is something that is done for free by the company you register your domain name with.

    For example, if I purchased a domain name from GoDaddy, they might give me the option to either have the domain entered into the their DNS, or "parked" instead.

    Unfortunately, none of the web sites I've seen bother to explain any of this, so I'm just having to make random guesses.
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    When you register a domain name the domain has to "point" somwhere, this is done by Nameservers. Usually NS1.Domain.com and NS2.Domain.com.

    Most webhosts will require you to use their DNS, like if you were a StealthyHosting client you would set your nameservers to NS1.StealthyHosting.com/NS2.StealthyHosting.com This would then point your domain to our servers and then can have a hosting account and stuff on our server using your domain.

    If you have your own server/IP then you need to set up Nameservers (register nameservers)(this can only be done by the registrar of your domain).
    NS1.Domain.com to IP
    NS2.Domain.com to IP
    and then set the nameservers of the domain to the nameservers you create pointing to the IP of your server.

    Let me know if you have any more questions.
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    Originally Posted by brianbak
    When you register a domain name the domain has to "point" somwhere, this is done by Nameservers. Usually NS1.Domain.com and NS2.Domain.com.
    Thanks. I already understood that. I'm just confused about the terminology. What is the term for having your domain entered into a DNS server and pointing to an IP? You seem to be calling it "dns registration". Another poster is using the term "dns hosting".
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    The domain isn't "entered" in a DNS. You assign nameservers to the domain. The nameservers are pointed to the IP. Let me try to use some examples from my server

    NS1.StealthyHosting.com is registered to 216.18.232.20
    NS2.StealthyHosting.com is registered to 216.18.232.21

    StealthyHosting.com nameservers are
    NS1.StealthyHosting.com
    NS2.StealthyHosting.com

    Racewarkingdoms.net nameservers are
    NS1.StealthyHosting.com
    NS2.StealthyHosting.com

    Immoral-Attack.com nameservers are
    NS1.StealthyHosting.com
    NS2.StealthyHosting.com

    Many domains use the same nameservers because they are all on the same server.

    The process of assigning NS1.Domain.com to an IP is usually called "Registering Nameservers/DNS". If you say this to your registrar they should understand.

    I recomend Namecheap as they let you do all of this from your control panel without having to contact them.
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    To make it easier here is what everyone is trying to explain -

    You register a domain name but it would need name server data of your web host to link the domain name to the hosting.
    When you buy web hosting, the company provides you with 2 name servers as other posters above explained NS1.examplehost.com and NS2.... you have to use these 2 name servers and enter them in the domain management section, in the panel where you registered your domain name.
    This will link both your accounts, i.e. domain name and the web host.

    You don't get nameservers without buying web hosting.
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    To point you domain to your IP, you will have to create an A-record.

    Try ask your registrar company if they have any DNS hosting.
    DNS hosting will give you a web based control panel that let you create the necessary records.

    You don't need a web host.
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    Originally Posted by brianbak
    The domain isn't "entered" in a DNS. You assign nameservers to the domain.
    I'm not understanding this distinction you are making.

    From what I understand, the DNS system is a gigantic, worldwide distributed database containing domain names and the associated IP addresses. The A records in the DNS database include domain names and their associated IP addresses, correct? These records need to be entered in, right?

    In other words, somewhere there is an A record that says:
    StealthyHosting.com = 216.18.232.21

    The other part I'm not sure I understand either. Why doesn't Racewarkingdoms.net get it's own IP?
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    Domain register Help with Free Hosting services.


    Originally Posted by toronado455
    I'm a noob and confused about some stuff. So sorry if this sounds stupid but I'm just needing a good explanation.

    Let's say hypothetically I was running my own web server and I have a static IP and I have registered my domain name, but not purchased any web hosting services. I want my domain name to point to my server's IP. How would I do this? I would need to have my domain on a DNS somewhere, right? Is there a way to do that without buying web hosting?


    Now a days its a simple way sir. Just get this site Ad site removed to register your domain name and get the free hosting services with some more free packages with that.

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    hi toronado455

    you have your own web server. i think you are talking about dns hosting. yeah you can host many domains on your single server depending upon what server capacity and space you have.

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